Why Manchester United should not make a move for Barcelona’s Gerard Pique

Barcelona star Gerard Pique is one of the most successful defenders in the world, but his current form suggests that Manchester United would be making a mistake if they make a move for him anytime soon.

Manchester United need a world-class centre-back: there’s no two ways about it.

The Premier League outfit have been linked with a number of central defenders, and one of them is Gerard Pique.

A quick glance at the 27-year-old’s career record would suggest that he is the perfect fit for United.

Since leaving the Red Devils for Barcelona in the summer of 2008, Pique has won La Liga four times, the Champions League twice and the Copa del Rey on two occasions.

Pique has also been successful with the Spain national team, clinching the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship two years later.

Since his departure from Old Trafford, Pique has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world, his partnership with Carles Puyol one of the greatest ever.

However, current form suggests that Pique is not that good anymore – certainly not truly world class at the moment.

The Spain international has been off his game since last season and is now not even guaranteed a place in Barcelona’s starting line-up. In fact, his place in the Spain first XI is not a certainty either.

Pique has quality in abundance and is truly talented, but there is a suggestion that he may be tired at the age of 27.

At this moment in time, it would be a huge mistake for United to sign a player who has been of form for months. Pique is living off his reputation at the moment, and United would be wise not to go back for the player they let go in 2008.

What if Pique’s form improves? Should United make a move for him then?

If Pique regains his form and is back to his best, then there would be no reason for him to leave Barcelona next summer. He has already said on many occasions that he wants to remain at Camp Nou until he retires.

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